My name is Arthur Woods and I have been personally involved in humanity's space program for almost 60 years. I am very pleased to have been invited to share my work and my experiences in the AstroArts program on the Astronomers Without Borders website. I especially like the designation of “AstroArtists” that is being used on the website. I say that because I consider myself to be an astronautical artist in that my artistic work related to space has been mostly about art designed to be realized beyond Earth's atmosphere and as such, it relies on the science and technology...

In this week's blog, Julien Salad speaks with AWB's AstroArts editor, Daniela de Paulis about his inspiration for Les Grottes Stellaires installations. Comments You need JavaScript to be able to post comments You need to be logged in to leave a comment Click Here to Login

The Animaux stellaires (Stellar Animals) are part of a series developed since 2008, inspired by the work of an ethnoastronomer at the Lascaux Cave. According to Chantal Jègues-Wolkiewiez, the main points of the animals painted on the walls of the Salles des Tauraux, match the location of stars in the sky: they form a map of constellations that still today can be found in the sky. In addition, the cave is inclined so that the sun enters and illuminates the paintings during summer solstices. The researcher also concluded that the caves were a shamanic ritual site. The paintings in fact...

Les métamorphoses du cerf. Le cerf empaillé qu'il m'importe de présenter aujourd'hui est entré dans mon travail en 2011 : je l'ai acheté à un taxidermiste bourguignon afin d'en faire la Constellation du cerf, œuvre réalisée pour l'exposition « Rituels » curatée par Gaël Charbau à la Fondation d'Entreprise Ricard. Pendant les beaux jours du printemps, j'ai installé mon cerf dans le jardin, et commencé à le recouvrir de clous de différentes tailles, sur la totalité de sa surface. Les bois ont été la partie la plus difficile à travailler : il fallait les percer afin que les clous soient...

Les Grottes Stellaires Editor's Translation: The Animaux stellaires (Stellar Animals) are part of a series developed since 2008, inspired by the work of an ethnoastronomer at the Lascaux Cave. According to Chantal Jègues-Wolkiewiez, the main points of the animals painted on the walls of the Salles des Tauraux, match the location of stars in the sky: they form a map of constellations that still today can be found in the sky. In addition, the cave is inclined so that the sun enters and illuminates the paintings during summer solstices. The researcher also concluded that the caves were a shamanic ritual...

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Astronomers Without Borders' AstroCrafts web blog presented by Kathleen Horner will share a unique variety of creative, educational and fun astronomy-related crafts inspired by the cosmos in which we live. The AstroCrafts page projects will be presented periodically throughout the year for the whole family that involves hands on arts and crafts that will teach us about the wonders of our universe.  The projects are especially a great resource for schools and other organizations, too.  The AstroCrafts projects is another way we can discover our own inner artist and find personal expression of what we see and feel in the cosmic life that is all around us.